Learning Reflection and Innovation - The Third Element: Articles and Reports

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    Enterprising Health
  • Author: Exton, Rosemary
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  • Type: Articles
  • Category: Learning - Reflection - Innovation,Social Partners
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Purpose – This paper seeks to investigate conditions under which entrepreneurs emerge as agents of effective and sustainable change in UK National Health Service Trusts. Design/methodology/approach – The research synthesises literature on changing regulatory structures (“post-bureaucracy”) and entrepreneurial behaviour to understand how individual identity construction is informed both by context and by individual attributes. Thematic analysis of interview data involving managers from 11 NHS Trusts, including detailed analysis of six transcripts, focuses on regulatory processes, the emergence of entrepreneurial behaviour and outcome variations in workplace innovation and improvement.

Findings – This study identifies co-existing modes of regulation, which interact with individual behaviour, generating strategies differentiated as entrepreneurial or conformist. Four ideal types are identified: organisational entrepreneurship, resisted or dissonant entrepreneurship, conformity, and symbolic entrepreneurship. Analysis reinforces those literature findings, which suggest that the interaction of regulatory structures and the identity work of individuals influence the emergence of entrepreneurial behaviour and the effectiveness of change.

2011- Firms with high shares of workers on fixed-term contracts tend to have higher sales of imitative new products but perform significantly worse on sales of innovative new products (“first on the market”). High functional flexibility in “insider–outsider” labor markets enhances a firm’s new product sales, as do training efforts and highly educated personnel. We find weak evidence that larger and older firms have higher new product sales than do younger and smaller firms. Our findings should be food for thought to economists making unqualified pleas for the deregulation of labor markets. 

Reference: Zhou, H., Dekker, R., Kleinknecht, A. Flexible labor and innovation performance: evidence from longitudinal firm-level data. In: Industrial and Corporate Change, Volume 20, Number 3, 2011, pp. 941–968